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School Reform for Rural America

The summer 2015 issue of Education Next illustrates the current state of rural education in America by examining its inherent challenges, as well as by identifying steps rural communities can take to improve their academic performance. The article states that “one in four rural children live in poverty, and of the 50 U.S. counties with the highest child-poverty rates, 48 are rural.” The obstacles of teacher recruitment and certification in rural communities are also addressed; rural districts often struggle to find even one qualified teacher.  In lieu of the complications, certain organizations are taking innovative approaches to rural education, and are seeing promising results. For instance, Teach For America, KIPP, Project Lead The Way, and KAHN Academy are all mentioned for their successful, scalable education models customized for rural communities. For the full article, click here.

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